In your first post, imagine you are a senior command staff member of a medium sized police department in Los Angeles County. The city has several different races and cultures living in the city. Recently, a neighboring city had an officer make a car stop of a car that was driven by a member of the minority community who was running for city council. The passenger of the vehicle immediately pulled out a cell phone and began recording the stop. The driver refused to give his driver’s license and said, “You don’t need my license. You must know who I am! You are only doing this because I’m a minority!!”
The officer tried to deescalate the problem but when a citation was issued for the initial violation and the failure to provide a driver’s license the the problem went out of control. When criticism of the officer’s actions arose the department backed the officer and tried to criticize the media for how it depicted the incident.
A severely edited video was played repeatedly on TV eventually made its way to national attention. The department was severely criticized for the actions of the officer and the department’s response to the incident.
The Chief of your department, your boss, asks you to outline a plan to deal with the following issues:
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